Human Development and Family Sciences
Most broadly, I am interested in early childhood cognitive and social emotional development. More specifically, I am interested in how young children’s settings (e.g., home, early care and education) can help foster the development of these skills, and how this can be supported at a policy level. In my current research with Dr. Caitlin Lombardi, I am working on a project examining the interrelations between math and behavioral skills in preschool-aged children and another looking at the mediating role of toddler-age early care and education characteristics in closing income-based gaps in 4-year-olds’ cognitive skills. Future research plans include further examinations of infant and toddler home and early care settings impacting skill development, and a study looking at potential home and community mediators of income-based gaps in children’s executive function skills. Previously, in undergrad, I worked as a research assistant on a qualitative study on parent-child conversations and moral development, and did independent research studies on different aspects of social emotional development.
A goal in my research is to inform policy and practice to improve children’s outcomes across the socioeconomic spectrum. I value InCHIP’s commitment to disseminating research in ways beneficial to many different populations. Specifically, I feel like my research interests are in supporting children’s healthy social-emotional development are in line with the Collaboratory on School and Child Health.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Middlebury College, 2017
PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut (in progress)
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